The club members are set free to unleash their wildest desires, and what they do? Sleep in and yell out embarrassing things. I love how down to earth this show is.
Sin and Blame
Now that everyone’s inner desires are unleashed, the club members begin to do harmful things that are beyond their control. In the language of Paul, these actions are called “sin.” Furthermore, according to Paul, the propensity to sin is built into our very nature:
We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me.For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? — Romans 7:14-24
So was it Yui’s fault that she beat up those people? Yui believes it is her fault. Iori claims it isn’t, because it was the power of Heartseed doing something funny to her.
If we’re looking at this from the perspective of Paul, then Yui is simply not able to control the power of sin within her. She will keep sinning despite all her best efforts. So is the situation with Heartseed any different? She can’t stop herself either way.
I’m not sure. But I think the question of whether Yui is to blame misses the point entirely. The problem with Yui’s actions isn’t that she broke some arbitrary rule. It’s that people were hurt. What is needed next is a discussion of how to begin healing, rather than legal wrangling over whether Yui is responsible for her uncontrollable desires.
So I agree with Inaba (although of course she shouldn’t have said it that way). Was Yui responsible? I don’t know. But take some responsibility!
This advice doesn’t just apply to Yui, however…
Yui does not live alone. Despite how much she and Inaba want to lock themselves in their rooms, they live in community. In the language of Paul and of the new testament, this community is called the “church.”
And this is why Inaba is wrong. When Yui loses control of her actions, it is not just Yui that needs to take responsibility. It is the entire community, including Inaba. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Inaba asks. The answer is a clear and decisive “Yes.”
For this reason, I appreciated the scene in the classroom where Iori gets in a pointless fight. Taichi wants to help, but feels that he cannot and looks toward Inaba. Inaba runs away in an attempt at self-preservation. But then, when all seems hopeless, the crazy class president steps in and expertly defuses the situation. Inaba and friends believe they are alone in their trials with Heartseed, and that they only have each other. But they are wrong. They are not alone.
I feel that this is the problem with Taichi’s “sickening ideals” as well. He thinks that he needs to do fix everything himself. But he doesn’t need to. He is not alone.
And despite what Inaba says, I think that deep down she shares the same ideals. Did she refuse to go to Yui’s house because she didn’t want to hurt herself or help Yui? I don’t think so. She refused to go because she didn’t want to hurt Yui again.
Judge not, lest ye be judged.
The worst part with Heartseed’s latest magic is not that people would start doing crazy things as Inaba expected. It’s that they started judging one another and speaking their true feelings aloud. So this arc fits in perfectly with the previous one and the idea of wearing masks. There are genuinely good reasons why people wear masks and don’t always say what they think.